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Jakarta Post

RI youngsters depart for firstt Youth Games with confidence

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 11 2010   /  12:40 pm

Despite poor preparation, 14 Indonesian youth athletes, fully armed with the “nothing is impossible” spirit, will depart to neighboring Singapore on Thursday to take part in the first Youth Olympic Games, which kicks off this weekend.

“I believe that nothing is impossible,” 17-year-old Grace Sari Ysidora, who peaked at 32 on the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) junior rankings this March, said on the sidelines of the contingent’s farewell ceremony on Tuesday.

Her rank in the ITF junior top 40 earned her automatic qualification for the Aug. 14-26 Games.

The country’s young tennis star, who was a semifinalist at the USTA ITF Junior Circuit in Lexington last November, expects to finish in the top 16.

Also loaded with confidence was the country’s rising boy’s shuttler Evert Sukamta and girl’s weightlifter Dewi Safitri.

“I got a ...